Abridged, with an Introduction, by Bergen Evans, The Powell-Hill text
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From the Back Cover
James Boswell's 'Life of Samuel Johnson' is the most celebrated biography in the English language. Rooted in a close personal relationship that began with their meeting in Tom Davie's bookshop in 1763, and reinforced by meticulous research amongst Johnson's extensive circle of friends, Boswell's biography places vividly before us a memorable portrait of the dominant English literary figure of the eighteenth century – his strengths together with his weaknesses, his triumphs as well as his misfortunes. An astonishingly prolific writer who had regularly to struggle with bouts of apathy and black despair, melancholic yet at his best in lively company, dogmatic but possessed of towering common sense, overbearing yet capable of remarkable kindness, Johnson's character is here immortalised in all its rich complexity.
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